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Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 22, 2011

Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Meeting

Robbin Derry, Leslie Bush
Pages 13-21

The Global Plantation Economy
Linking Consumption and Colonies

The motivations and methods of colonial exploration and economic dominance in the Age of Discovery offer significant lessons for today’s globalized production systems. Our current consumption of products grown or constructed in distant countries and transported by cheap oil to our local markets leads us to question our complicity in a contemporary global plantation economy.

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